- New owners at funeral home

The staff of the now-expanded Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home includes, from left, front row — Maxona Lawler, office manager; Ben Hurtt, owner, funeral director and emblamer; Rhonda Hurtt, owner and funeral director; and Mattie Adams, funeral director and embalmer; middle row — Rick Bruffett, funeral director; Ray Bradley, funeral director and embalmer; Amanda Hurtt, office manager and human resources; Angela Miller, funeral director and embalmer; and John Miller, funeral director and embalmer; back row — Bob Crump, funeral assistant; Jared Moore, funeral director and embalmer; Zach Hurtt, funeral director and embalmer; and Allen Dickison, funeral assistant. Not pictured is Jan Fugitt, office manager.

The motto for Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home is, “Our family serving your family since 1960.”

That family enlarged on Sept. 1 when the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home purchased three funeral homes, providing them the opportunity to serve families at locations in Hartville, Mansfield and Seymour.

The now former Holman-Howe Funeral Home locations are located at 280 Main Street in Hartville, 209 North Lincoln Street in Mansfield and 214 West Clinton Avenue in Seymour.

“We feel we have enlarged our family, as well as the families we serve, and are excited about this opportunity,” noted Ben and Rhonda Hurtt, owners of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home in a provided statement. “The entire staff of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center are committed to respectfully providing all of our communities with genuine care and guidance and honest service through some of life’s most difficult times. It is both an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with that care.”

In Mountain Grove, Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home will continue to serve families through both its 315 North Main Street location, as well as with its Cremation Care Center, which opened in October 2019 at 208 West Second Street.

“The addition of these facilities allows our firm to provide families with full cremation care, including a comfortable environment for final viewing time. It also means that loved ones never leave our care,” the Hurtts added.

Rhonda Hurtt said adding the new locations will allow staff to help each other and pull resources together as a full-service business. This allows staff to maintain an efficient effort while serving families with all aspects of their funeral planning.

The history of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home is one that spans more than six decades.

From the fall of 1958 until 1962, E.C. “Dave” and Polly Craig were resident managers of the Evans Funeral Home (formerly the Grable-Windle Funeral Home) located in the 600 block of Oakland Street in Mountain Grove. Lynn and Jo Hurtt joined the company as employees in 1960, working for the firm operated by Dave Craig. In 1962, both families bought the firm and named it Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.

In 1966, the Craigs and the Hurtts bought the Barber Funeral Home located on 315 North Main Street and merged the two businesses.

This 1888 colonial-style residence was first remodeled by the Barber family for a funeral home in 1939. The location has operated as a funeral home since 1938.

Over the next several years, three more partners were added, including a merger with the Dedmon Funeral Home in 1980.

The firm currently operates under the name Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home and is owned by Ben and Rhonda Hurtt.

After more than 60 years of commitment to the civic, commercial and spiritual growth of the community, the Hurtt family strives to continue the long-standing tradition of caring and trustworthy service through locations in Mountain Grove, Mansfield, Hartville, Seymour and the surrounding communities.

In Seymour, the funeral home’s staff of Bob Crump, John and Angie Miller remains intact.

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